Bears Open Three-Game Road Trip at No. 3 Augie, Westminster

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

at No. 3 Augustana (10-1) – Saturday, Dec. 29 - 7 p.m. - Rock Island, Ill.
Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/augustana/
Live Stats: https://athletics.augustana.edu/sidearmstats/mbball/summary

at Westminster (Mo.) (4-6) – Monday, Dec. 31 - 1 p.m. (CT) - Fulton, Mo.
Live Video: http://washubears.com/links/j9w9ov
Live Stats: http://washubears.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181231_048d.xml

Download the complete WASHU game notes by clicking HERE (PDF).

BEAR HEADLINES – The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team opens a three-game road trip with its final non-conference games of the 2018-19 season. The Bears take on No. 3 Augustana (Ill.) on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m., followed by a contest two days later at Westminster (Mo.) on Monday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. WashU is coming off a pair of blowout victories over Principia (87-65) and Fontbonne (83-54).

SERIES NOTES – Augustana leads the all-time series with WashU 6-5, and posted a 72-57 win in St. Louis on Dec. 29, 2017; WashU leads the all-time series with Westminster 20-6, and the Bears won 79-71 on Dec. 31, 2017 in St. Louis.

HEAD COACH PAT JUCKEM – WashU head coach Pat Juckem (Lawrence, 1995) was named the 24th men's basketball coach in program history on May 1, 2018. Juckem arrives on the Danforth Campus after spending the past six seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He compiled a 95-73 (.565) record at UW-Oshkosh. He also spent seven seasons at Coe (2006-12), and has a 205-156 (.568) overall record in 14 seasons as a head coach.

BEAR TRACKS – WashU has allowed 65 or fewer points in its last four contests, limiting opponents to 42.8 shooting percentage from the field.

– As a team the Bears lead the league in field-goal percentage (.482), rebounding defense (29.6), fewest turnovers (13.3) and turnover margin (+2.22).

– Junior center Hank Hunter leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.702), and sophomore guard Jack Nolan is tops in scoring (17.9 ppg).

– WashU has outrebounded eight of nine opponents this season, and ranks fourth in the league in rebound margin (+6.3).

UAA PRESEASON POLL – WashU was picked third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Preseason Coaches Poll. Emory was chosen first, while Rochester was second.